2012/06/01 - Strom Agonium Collection

Both Watch and Sculpture

Nothing is identical. Nothing is regular or smooth. A certain edginess infiltrates the sculpted depths and mounds. The watches in the AGONIUM collection, by Daniel Strom, are dearly as much masterpieces of metal as they are feats of traditional Swiss watchmaking.

Closer inspection reveals the tiny lines left behind by the sculptor. But not a trace of soldering. Each piece has been created from a handcrafted mould and then finished by hand, coaxing the metal - silver, gold, platinum or palladium - into the desired form while deferring to its prestige.

Achieving such a result requires unquestionable artistic talent, but also patience and attention to every gesture. A proven savoir-faire that gives the full measure of the artist's skill.

Let your eye linger on the details, trace the curves, take in each incision, amplify the forms. Skul ls, winged dragons, vau lts and crowns ... read your own meanings into these creatures and penetrate the secrets of their unique and symbolic world. A world whose sculptural beauty and metaphoric value take precedence over the timepiece.

Memento Mori... Carpe Diem!

The first model in the AGONIUM collection. Beneath its rebell ious, Gothic outer shell lies true substance. Before being a timepiece, M EMENTO MORI is a reflection of our existential questions. Birth, death, life, time, rebirth. Daniel Strom's creation confronts us with our mortality and challenges our vanities. Something the danse macabre so brilliantly evokes as Death carries rich and poor away in its dance. Life is fleeting; one and the same destiny awaits us all. No one can stop time, outwit time, fly in the face of time. The sku lls that embellish MEMENTO MORI are far from being a mere facade. They are a powerful symbol. 

Life. To be lived to the full.

While the primary function of MEMENTO MORI goes beyond the measure of time, it no less does justice to Swiss watchmaking expertise. The case, finished by hand but crafted from an unique mould, represents the fusion of watchmaking and metal art. Gold, si l ver~ platinum and palladium, as many versions as moods, are brought to life by the artist's talent. The sculpted case encloses the inner case that holds the movement, an ETA 2824 calibre. As for the dial, it borrows the hallmarks of two world-renowned clocks: Big Ben in London and the Zytglogge in Bern. «Bone white» or black with twelve Roman numerals, it is the epitome of discretion. A trio of hands counts time: hours, minutes and seconds.








Draco... Fantasm and Wonder!

For the second timepiece in the AGONIUM collection, DRACO, Daniel Strom gives a creature of legend - the dragon - pride of place. A fearsome guardian, imperious enemy or celestial demon? The dragon inspires as many questions as it has guises. Yet this extraordinary beast is unique as a symbol of divine power. Far from a creature of ill omen, an animal with a hidden darker side, the dragon represents the flow of life, and guarantees order and prosperity.

Daniel Strom draws us into his world of fantasy where we voyage among legends and beliefs. He rekindles our old fascinations to restore a note of optimism and hope. Like MEMENTO MORI, DRACO is the bearer of a message. An indefinable treasure. A mystery and a symbol.

DRACO is intended above all as a metaphor. lt is a symbolic jewel first, a timepiece second. Noble gold, si lver, platinum and palladium lend their force and their qualities, allowing themselves to be wrought by the artist's talent. First skul ls, then dragons and soon angels embody the myths which th is watch designer most values. The sculptural case protects the more delicate one that surrounds the movement, an ETA 2824 calibre. The «bone white» or black dial with a craquelure effect completes the picture, protected by a curved anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Time flows from twelve Arabic numerals, swept by polished hands.









Technical Specifications

Memento Mori

Movement 
  • Automatic, ETA 2824 calibre 
Functions
  • Hours, minutes and seconds 
Case
  • Solid sterling silver, 18K gold, palladium or platinum, finished by hand. Inner case in stainless steel. Curved antireflective sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 50 m I 5 ATM 
Dial
  • «Bone white» or black. Roman numerals. Gold-toned, white or black polished steel hands 
Strap
  • Black Hornback alligator w ith skull buckle in solid sterling silver, gold, palladium or platinum

Draco

Movement 
  • Automatic, ETA 2824 calibre 
Functions
  • Hours, minutes and seconds 
Case
  • Solid sterling silver, 18K gold, palladium or platinum, finished by hand. Inner case in stainless steel. Curved antireflective sapphire crystal. Crown in the shape of a royal crown. Water-resistant to 50 m I 5 ATM 
Dial
  • «Bone white» or black. Arabic numerals. Gold-toned, white or black polished steel hands 
Strap
  • Black Horn back alligator with dragon buckle in solid sterling silver, gold, palladium or platinum